REVIEW: ‘Going To The Chapel,’ Issue #3

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Going To The Chapel #3 is published by Action Lab Entertainment, written by David Pepose, with pencils by Gavin Guidry, colors by Liz Kramer, and letters by Ariana Maher. Previously, the story ended off with a bang. After trying to escape with the help of Emily, who is still unsure as to whether she wants to marry Jesse, it is revealed that Tommy has a bomb that is wired to every door in the church, making escape next to nearly impossible. Now that the hostage situation has higher stakes, the news has spread and with a camera crew outside watching the action, tensions remain high. But when the hostages start fighting back, the Bad Elvis’ gang’s escape plan to go through the sewers might just turn to crap.

Going To The Chapel #3 starts by giving us further background into Tom and Emily’s history. After learning Tommy didn’t just leave but instead turned himself in to the police in order to keep Emily safe, it becomes clear this was never just a fling for him. While there are fewer scenes between Tommy and Emily in this issue, the opening flashback is a lovely way to remind readers of their chemistry.

This issue finds Emily finally facing Jesse and coming to terms with what she truly wants. As the rest of her guests attempt to fight off the gang, she is still insistent on escaping with them, but until the last page, she is unsure how to confront Jesse, who up until this point has been trying to protect her and has misunderstood her emotions. Emily’s final confrontation with him feels heartless and as boring of a character as Jesse has been, he is still a nice guy. Additionally, the issue does a lot to make the reader sympathetic toward Tommy, but a lot of the positive feelings I had toward Emily were lost in this issue. I understand her wishy-washy feelings during this situation but I do not understand her violence toward her now former fiance. The final scenes are a tad jarring, to say the least, and do feel disconnected with the humor the rest of the issue has.

Outside of the narrative, Guidry’s art is fantastic and does well to show the emotions of all the characters, particularly during the final, climactic scenes of the issue. Combined with Kramer’s colors, the artwork of the book has been a standout. This issue also features some creative lettering choices from Maher, particularly at the start when guests were tweeting their experiences.

Overall, Going To The Chapel #3 is not a bad issue. It is funny and features fantastic art, but the change in Emily’s character is disappointing. Fans of the series so far should still pick it up and I am hopeful for where the series featuring the runway bride goes from here.

Going To The Chapel #3 is available now wherever comic books are sold and online.

Going To The Chapel #3
3.5

TL;DR

Overall, Going To The Chapel #3 is not a bad issue. It is funny and features fantastic art, but the change in Emily’s character is disappointing. Fans of the series so far should still pick it up and I am hopeful for where the series featuring the runway bride goes from here.